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If there is one matchup to look for during this game, it will be cornerback Tarrell Brown lining up against Hakeem Nicks: the New York Giants' star receiver.
Nicks is big, physical, and wasn't much of a factor against the 49ers during the regular season. He did catch a touchdown pass late in the game, but injuries prevented him from doing much more than that.
Matt Maiocco has reported that Carlos Rogers will be lining up against Victor Cruz the majority of the game, which means Brown will be shadowing Nicks.
If you're a Giants fan, it's hard not to like this matchup. There are few corners who can handle the size and speed that Nicks possesses. The fact that he made seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns against Charles Woodson, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, certainly drives that point home.
Brown has played exceptionally well this year, however, and even intercepted Drew Brees in the NFC Division game. He also picked off four passes during the regular season.
The outcome of the game could largely depend on who wins this individual matchup, but I think Brown will be able to hold his own.